Nicktoons Network, Nickelodeon's 24-hour animation network, have launched a new lineup of original content on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com). Nicktoons Network programming will include SKYLAND, the new animated adventure series, which will be available on iTunes prior to its network debut on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2006, at 9:00 pm (ET), and short-form content from THE NICKTOONS NETWORK ANIMATION FESTIVAL.
Four episodes SKYLAND will be offered on iTunes including a free sneak-peek (available for four weeks) of the premiere. Twenty-eight compilations of approximately 180 short films from THE NICKTOONS NETWORK ANIMATION FESTIVAL will be available for purchase at launch, which includes 13 compilations from the 2004 ANIMATION FESTIVAL, eight from 2005 and seven from 2006.
"The launch of Nicktoons Network on iTunes will allow our viewers the chance to watch many of our hit shows whenever they want and wherever they are," said Keith Dawkins, vp/gm, Nicktoons Network. "We strive to provide our audiences with the opportunity to connect with our content in many different ways, and this launch is another step in Nicktoons Network multiplatform programming strategy."
The price for each episode is $1.99.
SKYLAND follows a heroic brother, Mahad, and his telekinetic younger sister, Lena, as they search for their parents in a new world order. The year is 2251 and the Earth has been shattered into millions of blocks that now drift aimlessly in orbit around the Earth's core known as Skyland. The Sphere, led by a power-mad ruler with telekinetic powers named Oslo, has installed a dictatorship that controls water distribution, now a precious resource. Skyland's young heroes along with the pirate resistance, try to free their mother from Oslo's evil grasp and destroy the dreaded Sphere.
THE NICKTOONS NETWORK ANIMATION FESTIVAL, which celebrated its third year this summer, showcases the diversity of independent cartoon filmmaking by animators from around the globe. Animators were asked to submit animated shorts no longer than 10 minutes in length that combined a unique look, great character designs and overall appeal and originality.